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Required interior doors.

New postby bigdog on Tue Jul 13, 2021 11:46 am

After searching through the Residential code I have found nothing that requires that rooms must have doors for privacy. Common sense and empirical evidence would say yes.

Is there a code section that requires sleeping rooms or especially bathrooms to have a door for privacy??

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Re: Required interior doors.

New postby Jerry Peck - Codeman on Tue Jul 13, 2021 12:29 pm

bigdog wrote:Is there a code section that requires sleeping rooms or especially bathrooms to have a door for privacy??


David, there is no "requirement" that I can think of for a "bathroom" do have a door. For a while in the 1980s or 1990s many developers did not put doors between the master bedroom and the master bathroom, as I recall, those houses did not sell as well as their models which did have such doors - the market place stated the obvious ... bathrooms need privacy, and privacy requires doors.

I suspect that the same would happen with bedrooms (sleeping rooms) as there is nothing to help reduce noise from entering the bedroom where one is trying to sleep - the marketplace would likely reject that for production houses.

A custom built house? if the owner wants to not have any doors on bedrooms (although I cannot think of a reason for doing that), I do not know of a code which requires any interior doors anywhere.

That said, having doors on bedrooms is a known fire safety life saver (providing that the doors are closed when one goes to sleep):
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSP03BE74WA
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RasyRPsstxc
- https://www.wral.com/closed-bedroom-doo ... /18201061/
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